April 23, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a career-high four goals from Craig Nolan and a personal-best four assists from Andrew Bender, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team lost to No. 19 Denver, 13-8, Friday in Denver, Colo. The Buckeyes fall to 4-6 on the year and 1-1 in the Great Western Lacrosse League, while the Pioneers improve to 7-4 and stay unbeaten in league play at 2-0.
The Buckeyes close out their road trip with a game at Air Force at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Denver’s Greer Hanlon opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the game, but OSU took the lead with back-to-back goals from Kyle Olson (Sr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), set up by Bender (Jr., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster), at 12:58 and Jason Lutz (So., Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) at 11:26. Denver then went on a four-goal run, scoring the last three goals of the first quarter, with one at 8:07 and two in the last 1:34. Matt Brown scored the first two goals, tying the game at two with 8:07 and then regaining the Pioneer lead for good with a goal with 1:34 remaining. Scott Davidson closed out the first quarter scoring with just four seconds left on the clock.
Geoff Snider ended the Denver run with a goal just over three minutes into the second quarter. Nolan (Jr., Plano, Texas/Dallas Jesuit College Prep) then scored twice, tallying at 10:54 and a man-up goal assisted by Tom Randisi (Sr., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) at 7:29, to cut the DU lead to one (5-4). Denver then scored the next three goals, with Brandon Barcus scoring at 6:57, followed by two Ryan Zordani goals, including one just 21 seconds later (6:36). Ben Wolff (Jr., Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall), on an assist from Bender, scored with 1:42 on the clock, followed by Nolan’s second man-up goal of the quarter (assisted by Randisi) to make the score 8-6 heading into halftime.
Randisi scored just under two minutes into the third quarter (assisted by Bender), to cut Denver’s lead to one (8-7). The Pioneers responded with a five-goal run, with three goals in the third quarter and two in the fourth, to put the game out of reach for OSU. Hanlon, Koll and Zordani scored in the third, followed by a Brown man-up goal and Koll’s second goal of the game in the fourth quarter. Nolan ended the scoring with 30 seconds left for the 13-8 final.
Ohio State outshot the Pioneers, 36-32, including 13-3 in the fourth quarter. Mike Rimmer (r-Fr., Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) made six saves in the Buckeye net, while Jeb Hollingsworth had 11 saves for Denver.
The Buckeyes converted both of their man-up chances, while Denver scored on its only extra-man opportunity of the game.
Buckeye Jon Rydberg (r-Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) led the squad on faceoffs, winning 8-of-12 draws. Eric O’Brien (So., Powell, Ohio/St. Charles Prep) won 5-of-13 faceoffs.
Nolan’s four goals marked his fourth consecutive multiple-goal game after three two-goal games in a row. His four goals top his career best of three, set last season against Air Force.
Bender’s four assists were a career best. His previous high was two, set against Brown earlier this season and against UMBC last season. He has a team-best and career-high 11 assists this season. He entered the year with three career helpers.
Wolff’s goal extended his point-scoring streak to 16, dating back to last season. He is the only Buckeye with at least one point in all 10 games this season and has a goal in all 10 outings.
Olson, Randisi and Bender each extended their scoring streaks to eight. Randisi also is on an eight-game goal-scoring streak.
Randisi ended the game with three points, on a goal and two assists. It was his second three-point game of the season.
OSU has lost its last three games at Denver (falling to 2-3 in games played in Denver all-time) but is 5-0 against the Pioneers in Columbus.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final) Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse 2005 Ohio State vs #19 DENVER (Apr 22, 2005 at Denver, Colo.)
Ohio State (4-6, 1-1 GWLL) vs. DENVER (7-4, 2-0 GWLL) Date: Apr 22, 2005 Location: Denver, Colo. Stadium: Peter Barton Lax Attendance:1755 Start time:7:30pm End time:9:20pm Total time:1.50
Score by period 1 2 3 4 Tot ————————————- Ohio State………. 2 4 1 1 – 8 DENVER………….. 4 4 3 2 – 13
Ohio State SCORING: GOALS: Nolan, Craig 4; Randisi, Tom 1; Olson, Kyle 1; Wolff, Ben 1; Lutz, Jason 1. ASSISTS: Bender, Andrew 4; Randisi, Tom 2.
DENVER SCORING: GOALS: Zordani, Ryan 3; Brown, Matt 3; Hanlon, Greer 2; Koll, Brett 2; Snider, Geoff 1; Davidson, Scott 1; Barcus, Brandon 1. ASSISTS: Sasaki-Scanlon, D. 3; Zordani, Ryan 2; Will, Ricky 1.
Ohio State GROUND BALLS: Bender, Andrew 4; Rydberg, Jon 4; Handrinos, Jason 3; Randisi, Tom 3; Dunleavy, Patrick 2; Keane, Bryan 2; Olson, Kyle 2; Yontz, Brian 2; Billingsley, Charlie 1; Brown, Chris 1; Buchanan, Kevin 1; Cornell, Matt 1; Dauro, John 1; DeCanio, Jon 1; Nolan, Craig 1; O’Brien, Eric 1; Pataki, Tim 1; Rimmer, Mike 1; Schneider, Jeff 1; Wittenberg, Josh 1.
DENVER GROUND BALLS: Brown, Matt 6; Davidson, Scott 6; Hollingsworth, Jeb 4; Sasaki-Scanlon, D. 4; Shepard, Rory 4; Koll, Brett 3; Snider, Geoff 3; Anderson, Christian 2; Goltra, Michael 2; MacDonnell, Andrew 2; Zordani, Ryan 2; Goodwin, Adam 1; Hahn, David 1; McCuiston, Andrew 1; Miller, Adam 1; Patterson, Brad 1.
SHOTS – OSU 36; DEN 32. SHOTS ON GOAL – OSU 19; DEN 19.
PENALTIES – OSU 1/0:30; DEN 2/2:00. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – OSU 2-2; DEN 1-1.
FACEOFFS – OSU 13-25; DEN 12-25.
CLEARS – OSU 13-16; DEN 15-23.
GOALIES – OSU: Rimmer, Mike 4-4 (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-6 saves, 13 GA); DEN: Hollingsworth, Jeb 1-2 (60:00, 19-11, 8).
Start time: 7:30pm Finish time: 9:20pm Length of game: 1.50 Officials: J.D. Doyle; Brian Mauney; Dave Maumquist. Scorer: Erin Pahl.